Honor Labor Rights on Labor Day

You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.

(Deuteronomy 24:14)

Want to do something meaningful this Labor Day? Consider supporting the The Employee Free Choice Act: bipartisan legislation that promotes the right to join a union as a fundamental freedom, protecting employees’ rights to form unions without interference from management.

Specifically, the legislation seeks to:

– Establish of stronger penalties for violation of employee rights when workers seek to form a union and during first-contract negotiations;

– Provide mediation and arbitration for first-contract disputes.

– Allow employees to form unions by signing cards authorizing union representation.

The EFCA came close to passing last year, but in the end it was kiboshed by procedural stonewalling in the Senate. With a new Senate coming in next year, however, there is renewed hope for our country’s working people. This article from Business Week explains; learn more about the legislation from the Change to Win website; voice your support by signing on to a petition sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee.

One Reply to “Honor Labor Rights on Labor Day”

  1. Thanks! You can find additional information on EFCA, from the “organized” Jewish community and organized labor, as well as our petition, here:
    http://www.jewishlaborcommittee.org/2008/08/support_the_employee_free_choi_1.html

    And two sets of readings here:

    The American Jewish Labor Movement
    http://www.jewishlaborcommittee.org/2006/01/readings_on_the_american_jewis.html

    Traditional Jewish texts on Labor and Worker Rights
    http://www.jewishlaborcommittee.org/2006/01/readings_on_traditional_jewish_1.html

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